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She Stopped Drinking…Now What?

She hasn’t had a drink in over five years, but she’s in a miserable relationship, dead-end job, and mostly hates…

Small town girl in a drug-laden world

Jess had been born and raised in a small town, in a sheltered life she described as “simple but nice.”…

How to honor your feelings without letting them define you

In any stage of recovery, feelings will be experienced. They are a natural part of the equation, and a natural…

Altering Consciousness: Is It A Human Need?

The curious paradox about abusing vices to escape is that you don’t actually go anywhere. At best, you stay stuck….

Death over sobriety: treating depression and addiction 

Sam first admitted into drug and alcohol treatment after her involuntary hospitalization release. This had been her second suicide attempt…

Solid Recovery Comes Down to Two Things

The other day, on Therapy Unscripted Live (streaming on Addiction Unscripted’s Facebook), I explored the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of…

A Tale in Addiction: LIke Mother, like daughter

She was just a child. She was just a child who liked to drawing pretty pictures of fairies and flower…

Recovery when your family doesn’t understand addiction

Brad was twenty-two when he decided that his life had become outrageously unmanageable.  He had been work to late…again, and…

The Unspoken Shame of Loving an addict

When Hannah first met Jake, she didn’t know he was hooked on painkillers. She did know that he liked scary…